Senator Tom Davis re: gas tax bill

Interesting post from Senator Tom Davis on his Facebook page re: gas tax bill:
Props to @schousespeaker and @garysimrill for amending H 3516 (roads bill) so that it includes some components of SCDOT restructuring; initially, the bill was a straight-up gas-tax increase and could not have served as a vehicle for critical reforms, such as establishing a direct line of accountability to the governor for expenditures; eliminating the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank; and making available for public inspection all SCDOT expenditures, matching federal projects, debt, contracts, and project prioritizations, etc.

Now, with H 3516 having been amended to contain restructuring components, […]

CPAC Schedule

CPAC begins this week, the general sessions (which begin Thursday morning) at least will be carried live by CSPAN.

CLICK HERE for the speaker schedule.

 

Spring Fling. Yes? or No?

Each year the Spartanburg Tea Party aims to participate in Spring Fling.  It is a great opportunity to meet like minded people, find new folks interested in learning how to engage locally in politics, and help us build a strong county party, volunteer on campaigns, and communicate with our legislators on policy and legislation.

Of course it always comes down to … who will volunteer to staff our table?  The cost to participate in Spring Fling for 2 days, April 29 and 30 is $70, which I will pay if we have volunteers.

We need folks to staff our table/tent from 10 […]

S.C. Is a ‘Low Tax State,’ Right? Wrong.

From SC Policy Council:

South Carolina politicos sometimes claim that ours is a “low tax state” and that it has the “lowest taxes in that nation.” The claim is false. It confuses tax collections with tax rates – that is, total amounts sent to Columbia versus the proportion of South Carolinians’ income paid in taxes.

The truth is that South Carolina is a low income state but a high tax state. Consider:

► At 7.22 percent combined state and local sales tax, South Carolina has the 18th highest sales tax rate in the nation. That’s higher than the rates of neighboring North Carolina […]

Carol Martin writes a Letter to the Editor

IN Sunday’s SHJ:

Temporary travel ban

Jason Lee (Feb. 5 guest columnist) voiced his concern about the effect of President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban, including its effect on the refugee resettlement program. He says we can’t be driven by fear.

Aren’t refugees initially supported, at least in part, with our tax dollars? How many hardworking taxpayers would choose to pick up the tab for them? Our national debt is $20 trillion, our roads and bridges are crumbling, and more than 45 million Americans are on food stamps.

Many years ago, there was a labor shortage and no welfare. When our ancestors came here, […]

13 regulations that the House has repealed so far

From Jeff Duncan’s Facebook page:

Those who know me, know how much I care about fixing our broken system of checks & balances. One of the greatest abuses of executive power comes in the form of having un-elected bureaucrats creating new government regulations that circumvent the democratic process, cost us American jobs, and restrict our liberty. One of the powers Congress has to rein in abusive regulations is through something called the Congressional Review Act. This law allows Congress to repeal some regulations, and once repealed, bureaucrats are prevented from ever reissuing similar rules without Congressional approval.

Here is a list of […]

Obama Administration regulations being undone!

From Jeff Duncan’s Facebook page:

The House of Representatives voted today to undo two Obama Administration regulations that were in violation of the Constitution’s Tenth Amendment limits on states’ rights. The first regulation barred hunting and fishing from federal wilderness lands in Alaska, while the second stopped states from cutting Title X grant funding to abortion providers, most notably the disgraced Planned Parenthood organization.

We are still dealing with the full impacts of the executive overreach by the Obama presidency. I am glad to be able to turn back these terrible regulations and again allow states to make their own decisions about […]

IRS to accept tax returns without healthcare info

THIS is what I’ve been waiting for!  As someone who is self employed this was really a big deal to me when it came to filing my income tax each year.  I was just determined NOT to pay the penalty no matter what.  It was nerve racking, I pondered the potential future consequences, but … it was a hill to die on for me.

Thanks to President Trump it is no longer a concern, since the Executive Order he signed instructing agencies to “provide relief from the health law” …

According to Peter Suderman at Reason.com:
Following President Donald Trump’s executive order instructing agencies […]

Chad Connelly Congressional Campaign Kickoff Friday in Chesnee!

There is a portion of Spartanburg County that falls into District 5 …

Spartanburg – Come and be part of Chad Connelly’s kick off for Congress at the Bantam Chef, 418 S. Alabama Avenue in Chesnee! FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17 at 9:00 AM

Palmetto Panel Agenda

This is some great citizen training, coming to the Upstate Saturday February 25.  I’m GOING!

CLICK HERE to register.

As you decide whether to attend note: the organizers, Stacy Shea and Diane Hardy teamed up to run a campaign that helped to defeat Senate incumbent Larry Martin from Pickens.  For those of you who have paid attention to SC politics over the last decade that’s a Big Freakin’ Deal! So when these ladies put on some training … be there 🙂